As the leaves change color and we launch into the busy season of back-to-back holidays it’s the perfect time for a novella. So grab an afghan, nibble on a pumpkin scone, lite an apple pie candle, and take a moment to de-stress with a good book.
Winnie Griggs offers just that with her novella, Home for Thanksgiving, included in the anthology Once Upon a Thanksgiving.
It’s November of 1894 and Ruby Anne Tuggle wants to leave the townspeople who treated her as an unwanted duty when she was orphaned. But she has a problem: it’s not safe for a young woman to travel alone, so she’s forced to ask Rancher Griff Lassiter to escort her to Tyler, Texas where he lives.
Griff is too kind to refuse, and when he ends up sick on the travel home, he’s lucky to have Ruby nearby. He recovers his strength, but his heart refuses to recover from past hurts and he keeps Ruby at a distance.
Ruby and Griff’s story offers its share of challenges, miscommunication, and bumps, all which work together to make a page-turning story as their relationship develops. I loved seeing them as they discovered what “home” means.
This story completes the story-lines of the Lassiter siblings and it made me so happy to see the whole family again. I love series where old characters come back into the next book. It’s like catching up with good friends.
Winnie Griggs is an excellent writer. The characters were so well written, endearing, and believable that I was drawn-in instantly and sat up into the wee hours of the night to finish the story in one sitting.
This sweet read will get you into the thanksgiving mindset. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance.
Today I’m giving away a free copy of Once Upon a Thanksgiving to a lucky person who leaves a comment on this post before midnight. This is open to U.S. residents only (for mailing purposes), and you must comment about the book (not just “I want a free book”).
Once Upon a Thanksgiving releases on October 4, 2011. To pre-order your copy, click here.